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Updated: 09/23/2012 08:00:37AM

Covering the cost

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All residents should know about an agreement between our Polk County Commission and the Lake County Commission.

Five years ago the Polk County Commission signed an agreement with Lake County to use some of Polk’s library tax dollars to help cover the cost of Polk residents using nearby Lake County’s Cagan Crossings library. At that time, Polk residents in that area had limited access to library service. During the five-year agreement Polk has paid over a million dollars to Lake County to cover what Lake says is its additional expense for service to about 5,000 Polk residents.

The Lake County Commission is asking Polk County to continue funding their operations at $83,000 per year, while also proposing that Polk residents pay $20 per year for a library card. Approval of this proposal will mean cutting Polk’s library services by $83,000 annually.

Over the past five years, the Polk County Library Cooperative (PCLC) has increased services to this area and now offers:

• Four Bookmobile locations in the Four Corners area, along with others throughout Polk County

• Books By Mail, which provides up to ten library items at a time that can be mailed at no expense to your home address.

• The Lending Library at the Outpost 27 Visitor’s Center allows you to check out and return books and DVDs from vending machines.

• The new Haines City Public Library will open in November 2012 tripling the current space and amenities.

• Free downloadable e-books, music, and audiobooks from the PCLC website.

I believe that our money provides more services by using it here in Polk County. This is a good time to share your judgment with the Polk Board of County Commissioners.

Write to:

Chairman Sam Johnson

Polk Board of County Commissioners

330 West Church Street

Bartow, FL 33830

Fred W. Meuser